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Careless talk costs elections, Mr Johnson

So, Alan Johnson could 'not care less' which GP he sees.

This statement not only underlines why this Government is failing doctors, but also why it is failing patients too.

Once again the health secretary has completely ignored the value of the doctor-patient relationship and instead continued to promote the need for his expensive, impersonal and unnecessary polyclinics.

I am sure that the recent £2.1bn NHS surplus will be directed towards polyclinics, the failing NHS IT system and propping up the national banks instead of being ploughed into real areas of patient need.

When's that election?

From Dr Paul Manjooran, Chester-le-Street, Durham

Alan Johnson's comments just sum up the attitude of the Government to the people it is supposed to represent.

We shall be publishing his statement in our practice newsletter so our patients fully understand the attitude of this Government to the type of general practice that our patients clearly want.

We have, after all, a 90% satisfaction rate for the provision of our services.

From Dr Nigel Welch, Stepping Stones, West Midlands

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